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Juan Mata impresses in blindfold free-kick challenge

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Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata is in the form of his life, with the Spaniard playing a pivotal role in each and every game for the club.

With already three goals and as many assists in seven league outings this term, Juan Mata has established his place in the first-team setup under Louis van Gaal.

Manchester United registered their first Champions League win this season against Wolfsburg in a 2-1 victory at home on Wednesday night where Mata scored from the spot before providing a stunning assist for Chris Smalling to grab the winner.

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The 27-year-old is having a brilliant week as he also boosted the same stats in last weekend’s win over Sunderland. He took up a challenge for his YouTube channel where he took five free-kicks with a five-man wall. But wait, there is a twist. Mata would take the shots at goal blindfolded.

And the results were astonishing. The ball placed nearly 22 yards from goal, Mata netted in four consecutive shots with only one hitting the top corner of the net instead of going in. Free-kicks have always been one of the key strengths of his style of play, with WhoScored.com claiming the same, and the video will certainly impress manager Louis van Gaal.

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The star midfielder may have limited opportunities in the Spain national team, but he is one of the first names in the team sheet at Old Trafford. He has also been named for Spain’s Euro qualifiers on 9th and 12th October against Luxembourg and Ukraine.

Mata is optimistic of Manchester United challenging for the title in 2015-16 as well as performing well in Europe, although that view might have changed after the 3-0 defeat against Arsenal today.

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Louis van Gaal
Juan Mata
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